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Decreasing leaves

Posted: 28/11/2017 at 14:48

Where are you?   If you're in the UK or Europe and have planted onions to over winter then it is normal for growth to slow down as the weather cools.  The onions should be hardy enough to withstand a normal winter and will then grow away again ins spring and be big enough to harvest by June.  

If you are elsewhere and have planted in spring then it is normal for some variation in growth and size as they are individual plants and not clones of each other.   Make sure you keep the soil between them weeded and don't let them get dry as they need moisture to swell the bulbs.   They may appreciate a feed as the bulbs swell.   They also need to be ripened before harvesting - bend the foliage down to let maximum sun on the bulbs and encourage nutrients to be concentrated in bulb fattening.   Lift the bulbs with a fork so they come away with some root on.   This helps them store better.

Have a look here for more info from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/onions


Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 28/11/2017 at 13:24

Glad you're perking up LG.   I think Monty writes very well, just don't agree with a lot what he says and does.   

Joyce - sometimes being quiet is just what you need. but I do hope your daughter's leg is better soon.

Hosta - hope OH is well enough for your walks now.  Hate missing holiday time to wobbles.

Pat - if you wallaby is aging gracefully he may well tolerate benign human presence in order to scoff your juicy buds and flowers.   Hope he leaves you some to enjoy!

Chicky - I bought a hat for Oz but they never stay on and drive me mad.  Strong sunscreen and glasses for me.   Glad you got to see the Olgas.   If you can, go and see the fairy penguins - tours from Adelaide - and Hardy's vineyards............

We have had 7mm of rain overnight.   Drum rolls and fanfares please.  Just need 70 more between now and Xmas to catch up.

Dove - my Xmas cactus is flowering!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 27/11/2017 at 23:36

Susan was funny and good-natured and excited to the end.  She's clearly had a ball and has improved a great deal.  Given their relative starting points she's progressed more than Debbie or Alexandra and has tackled each new dance with great positivity but was never going to have their elan or flexibilty.  I'm pleased she's gone out with an American Smooth and not an Argentine Tango which I think would have been a step too far for her. 

Didn't like Alexandra's rumba the 2nd time around either.  No understanding of the rhythm and very mechanical.   

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 27/11/2017 at 23:25

We liked bavette with a shallot sauce in Belgium too but I've found it expensive to buy here recently, along with pork cheeks and all sorts of other supposedly cheap cuts that have become fashionable in restaurants.

Pdoc - we enjoy quality rather than quantity and try to find the not too bad films on offer tho with Possum home finding a consensus isn't always easy and she doesn't drink anyway.   It can be a very cosy way to spend Xmas between greeting neighbours and chatting to family on  the phone and walkies.

I can't think why anyone wants to grow big celeriac.  Like turnips and beetroot and kohl rabi it's best when not too big - more juicy and more flavour.  They do like a decent amount of water tho.   Wonderful soups, cooked as a gratin or shredded raw and eaten with mayonnaise on its own or in cole slaw.

Been to patchwork group today and 90% of them were still crocheting last week's project - a Japanese pan or shower scrub with spiky yarn.  Why?  I and a couple of others got on with Xmas decs and I have found a lovely new toy which is on my wishlist.   Cuts felt and fabric shapes with precision.  Not a mention of Harry's news.

New growth in fall

Posted: 27/11/2017 at 11:23

Citrus trees can flower and have fruit forming at the same time and at any time of year depending on where you are and how cold it is.   Where are you and do you have  frost free greenhouse or conservatory where you can keep it.  It won't like to be in a warm, dry room.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 27/11/2017 at 09:51

Good morning.  Late to bed so late to wake and then reading and cuddling Cosmos.   He's getting too clever at sock removal.  Only takes 8 or 9 hours now.

Lovely paintings Pat.   We were at Uluru in 2001 and it was possible to climb the rock and take tours but there were signs posted by the aboriginals asking people not to climb and not to disturb their sacred places so we didn't.   Still got loads of fab photos at dawn and sunset but pre-digital.

Hope you two get to meet up OK Busy and Dove.  OH's sometimes have no idea about time!

LP - fingers OK now?  3 or 4C here now and no frost here last night and a bit of cloud about now but not a drop in sight.

Is Liri back yet or is she stuck on her island?

Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/11/2017 at 18:13

She's not a trained or experienced TV presenter or commentator.  She is an experienced dancer, world champion, teacher and judge.   I think she can be forgiven a few gaffs if they're not major.  None of the other judges made allowances for Jonny's handicap affecting his posture and he did have another foot to point.    He said himself he appreciated being treated and judged as an equal, not an amputee.

I don't always agree with her - but I'm an amateur with only TV view of what's going on so know less and see less - but I do think she has made some constructive comments about technique, posture, presentation and also about the different choreographies of the professionals.   I hope she gets the opportunity to settle in and come back.  Len didn't tour either.  He has a school to run too plus other programmes to present and other competitions to judge.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 26/11/2017 at 14:53

Chicky - it is a wonderful place.  Have you been to  see the Olgas too?  If you're there another night, try and get on the star gazing dinner in the Outback tour - sliver service dinner at dusk followed by a chat from an astronomer about aboriginal origin myths and a "tour of the skies" and telescopes set up to show Saturn's rings and the 7 sisters of whom there are many more than the 7 visible to the naked eye.  Fabulous evening.

We've been to the Xmas market which was not as good as last year.  Not a lot of local goodies this year tho I did find some jams made with local saffron and some local honey.   Almost nothing to eat on th ehoof.   Some chap was offering Pré-fous which are a local version of garlic bread with cheese and ham or Auvergne "tripes" cooked in a huge paella pan.   Some locals were selling frites or sandwiches or sausag in a baguette - why not sausage and frites?  We adjourend to the local pizza restaurant which has an African theme - of course - and offers such oddities as Alaska pizza with smoked salmon, Tartiflette pizza, Fuji pizza with chicken, coriander, soy and teryaki sauce and a Sweet and Salt which features goat's cheese, coconut and pineapple.   Very odd for a nation of gourmets.   OH had his usual Diablesse with merguez and hot chorizo and I had vegetarian.  Tasty and on lovely thin bases which is as near as they get to authentic pizza.

The remaining Xmas markets in our list are nearer the sea so we hope there'll be some seafood.

Roses .

Posted: 26/11/2017 at 14:36

Generally speaking, ramblers are more vigourous and have more flexible stems - good for pergolas, pilllars, ropes - and clusters of smaller blooms which flower just  once in a season on new wood made the previous season so, unless you want the hips, you prune out old wood after flowering and train in new wood as horizontally as possible to encourage new flower buds.   However, there are now repeat flowering ramblers available.  Have a look here - https://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/type/rambling-roses-repeat-flowering but also check out Harkness and Peter Beale roses.    Once flowering varieties like Kiftsgate, Wedding Day and Ramblin Rector will grow large enough to cover your area with one plant.  Others, including the repeaters, will probably only grow half that size.

Climbers have more rigid stems which lend themselves to being trained along walls and fences and trellises.  More modern varieties are likely to repeat flower and many have very good perfume and there is a wider range of flower colour availabe.   Something else to consider when choosing is the aspect.  Some roses do really well on north or east facing walls but others need the warmth and sun available on south and west facing supports.  Have a look at Generous Gardener which is a pale, peachy pink flower or Teasing Georgia which is a rich, golden yellow - both have good perfume.  Malvern Hills is a good, clear yellow repeat rambler and I am trying lady of the Lake which is a soft pink.

Climbers have a different pruning regime from ramblers.   Check out the RHS advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=169 and https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=169

Then decide which colours you fancy, whether you want to buy just one plant or several to cover your fencel and also think about how to support your rose(s).   I would suggest tensioning wires stretched horizontally across your wall at 12 to 18" height intervals using vine eye screws available form good DIYs and some garden centres.

How do you care for indoor plants during the winter?

Posted: 26/11/2017 at 14:16

We're gardeners Philippa.  We live in hope and a haze of optimism.

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